Vitus Bering

(1681—1741) Danish navigator and explorer

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Danish navigator and explorer, who led several Russian expeditions aimed at discovering whether Asia and North America were connected by land. He sailed along the coast of Siberia and in 1741 reached Alaska from the east but died on the return journey; the Bering Sea and Bering Strait are named after him.

Subjects: Maritime History — World History.

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